The resident faculty left another photo clue outside the mail room this morning. At least it was easy to decipher. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, you shared your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week, addisnana wondered about Organized? in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan spotted Searching For Tourists From The Future in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, we had A Few Minutes with the BPI Squirrel in Morning Feature and readers helped tell Tuesday’s Tale: Blabylon 5 in Midday Matinee.

On Wednesday, we began our series on Michael Katz’s The Undeserving Poor with A War on Poverty in Morning Feature, addisnana pondered Empathy? in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan saw a Deception on Clean Energy in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we continued our series on The Undeserving Poor with Racism, Sexism, and the ‘Culture of Poverty’ in Morning Feature, triciawyse shared Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan explained Savage Cold vs. Global Warming in Our Earth.

On Friday, our series on The Undeserving Poor moved to Muzzled, Muddled, and Muted in Morning Feature and triciawyse brought us Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, we concluded our series on The Undeserving Poor with The Absence of Money in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked I Know Nussink? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

Thus we return to the photo clue left outside the mail room by the resident faculty, as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

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The photo made everyone uneasy, and the Squirrel needed something to calm down before offering to decipher it:

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“Ahh,” he texted as Chef scraped some stray pecans into his bowl. “That’s much better. Thank you.”

“You’re welcome,” Chef said. “So what’s the deal with the angry guy?”

The Squirrel tapped at his Blewberry. “That’s exactly the topic of Michael Kimmel’s new book Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era. Here is the publisher’s description:”

One of the enduring images from the 2012 presidential campaign was the demise of the white American male voter as a dominant force in the political landscape. Bellowing white men fill the talk-radio airwaves. Why are they so angry? Michael Kimmel has spent hundreds of hours in the company of these angry white men – from white supremacists to men’s rights activists to young students – in pursuit of an answer. Kimmel proposes a theory of aggrieved entitlement: a sense that the benefits to which white men long believed themselves entitled have been snatched from them. Kimmel locates the increase in anger with a growing social, political, and economic gender gap, twinned with an ideology of masculinity that makes America’s white men feel empty and alone. Although they have been facing years of underemployment and wage stagnation, mainstream American discourse rarely discuss class issues. So when America’s white men feel they’ve lived their lives the “right” way – worked hard – and still do not get the rewards to which they believe they are entitled, then they have to blame somebody else. Anybody else.

Looks like we’ll have a … warm … week.


Happy Monday!